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Summer is Almost Here: 10 Summer Safety Tips for Kids

The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that every year, one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that requires medical attention. Forty percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths happen between May and August, they report, but it's not all bad news.

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Fire-related deaths up in Washington County

Fire-related deaths claimed the lives of more Washington County residents in 2012 than 2011, despite a 22 percent decrease that was reported statewide over the same period, according to figures that were released Thursday by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Bruce D. Bouch said three people died in Washington County as a result of fires in 2012, compared to one in 2011. Statistics for the same time show fire-related deaths decreased statewide from 67 in...

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How a Smart Security System can do more than just Protect your Home

Thanks to technological advances, a security system can do more than just keep burglars away. In fact, some security systems can control the temperature of your home, monitor your children's whereabouts, and even let the babysitter in when you're away from home.

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A String of Robberies Hits Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, MD - Hagerstown was hit by three robberies in thirteen days within four miles this January. Police confirmed an undisclosed amount of Xanax robbed from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Burhans Boulevard, just after an attemptted robbery at the Weis Pharmacy Leitersburg Pike. Then two armed robberies at AC&T Gas on Frederick Street taking unknown amounts of cash just days before. "The pharmacies were open businesses and there were even customers waiting in line for one of them,"...

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Serious Crime Rises in Frederick for 2012

FREDERICK, MD - Frederick City Police released their 2012 Uniform Crime Report, and the number of serious crimes have gone up. In 2012, Part 1 offenses, such as robberies and assaults, went up by 8.7 percent. "The population in the City of Frederick continues to grow, and Part 1 offenses continue to remain either consistent or go up or down mildly one way or another," says Chief Thomas Ledwell, with the Frederick City Police Department. The highest spike was in aggravated assaults, which went...

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SCAM ALERT: don't get ripped off by an alarm company

The scenario A representative from a home-security company knocks on your door and offers you a free alarm system in exchange for displaying his company’s sign on your lawn. Swayed by the prospect of getting a security setup gratis, you sign a long-term monitoring contact and end up stuck with a shoddy installation and substandard equipment and service.

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Some smoke detectors may not go off in time

A scientist at Texas A&M University says he has discovered that one of the most popular kinds of smoke detectors may not protect your family in a fire, because it’s not sensitive enough to go off in time for you to escape your burning house. NBC’s Jeff Rossen investigates. Call Dynamark Security 301-797-7700 Today!

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A Life Saved-- Thanks to a Monitored Fire Alarm

It can be hard for fire installers to convince homeowners they need a monitored fire alarm instead of the inexpensive DIY smoke and fire detectors sold at hardware stores. But those detectors won’t be heard by a person away from home at work or on vacation—or if they’re in situations they never imagined. A Missouri woman got in such a situation recently—and a monitored fire alarm at her home saved her life, according to a story from the West Newsmagazine Network.

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Monitored Security System, Cameras... or Both?

A story about a home robbery over the holidays reported by a North Carolina news outlet on New Year’s Day caught my eye. That’s because it illustrates the potential costly drawbacks of relying on a self-monitored security system.

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